Meet Our Staff

Jonathan Shadis

Customer Service Advisor

Jonathan has been in the automotive field for 16 years, starting as a technician, and then transitioned to Customer Service Advisor. He currently serves as the president of the ATRA Gulf States Chapter and has successfully passed BOTH his C1 Service Consultant: Automobile Service Consultant Certification, through (ASE) Automotive Service Excellence and his Chassis Technician Certification through (ATRA) The Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association. Being a vehicle enthusiast and tinkering with vehicles has been something he has enjoyed since he was a young boy. Jonathan’s past experience in hospitality and current knowledge in the automotive field ensures a pleasant and smooth experience for Advanced Transmission customers. His warm smile and love for life is a comfort to customers in an otherwise complex, no fun experience with transmission repair. In his spare time, he enjoys the company of family and friends and shooting sports. Jonathan is happily married and is enjoying life as a father to his young son, vowing to take advantage of every opportunity to become a better father and husband.

Laura Wilson


Laura is co-owner and manager of Advanced Transmission, overseeing the daily activities from the business aspect of the office. Being a woman holding a leadership role in a predominantly man's field has been especially challenging. She has overcome this with flare and holds a prominent position as a board of director (elected 2 consecutive terms) with the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association (ATRA) serving the transmission rebuilding industry internationally. Laura has also served (ATRA) as the past president of the Gulf States Chapter for many years. Her diversified experience also includes being a State of Alabama licensed Notary Public and Realtor. She never lets an opportunity to learn more about the industry and business in general pass her by and is constantly taking advantage of management seminars and other classes designed specifically for the transmission industry. "My main goal is to strive to help change the negative image of the automotive repairing industry." In Laura's spare time, she enjoys time with her grandchildren.

Allison Carter

Administrative Assistant

The Advanced Transmission team and customers alike have missed Allison and thrilled she is back as a part of the Advanced Transmission family. Allison is Advanced Transmission’s Administrative Assistant wearing many hats. She ensures efficient operations of the office with accuracy through her attention to detail, maintaining our social media, customer retention and satisfaction by effectively communicating via phone, text and email in a sincere caring manner. Allison brings with her over 30 years' experience as a legal/administrative assistant. She has been happily married for over 24 years and has two amazing children. In her time away from the office, she loves walking, cycling, Pilates and spending time with her family.

Marvin Wilson

Owner/Lead Technician

Marvin is co-owner and Lead technician of Advanced Transmission, overseeing the shops daily production. Marvin is an ATRA Certified Rebuilder, Diagnostician and Chassis Technician. He is also ASE certified. Marvin grew up in the transmission business working for his father for 17 years, gaining priceless knowledge about older model transmissions from his father the late Woody Wilson. Marvin is continuously taking advantage of training seminars, webinars, EXPOs, etc., to keep himself abreast of the new models in an ever-changing industry, applying his hands-on experience as a daily working owner. Ensuring Advanced Transmission is offering to its customers the highest quality of work possible. Marvin's 41 years of experience has gained him recognition by industry leaders for his technical expertise. In his spare time, Marvin loves hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Especially time spent passing that legacy to his grandchildren.

Donnie Lanzer

Transmission Rebuilder

Donnie is the transmission rebuilder at Advanced Transmission with over 30 years’ experience. His extensive knowledge of the transmission theory (how it really works), is priceless in this industry. Donnie is an ATRA certified transmission Rebuilder and Diagnostician, along with being ASE certified. Donnie is known to be one of the best transmission rebuilders in the Southeast. Advanced Transmission’s aim is to assist Donnie in attending every possible training seminar, webinar and EXPO to further his knowledge and keep him on the cutting edge of the latest & greatest transmissions that the auto manufacturers produce each year. Donnie is close to his family and spends his spare time with them.

Brian Bell

Chassis Technician

Brian is Advanced Transmissions Chassis Technician with a lifetime of experience in the automotive repair industry. He started in the field of transmission specialty in 1997 and never looked back. Brian attended the automotive trade school in Atmore, AL and also attended George Wallace Technical School in Atmore, AL as well, with studies in the automotive repair industry. Brian continues his passion for knowledge by successfully passing his (ATRA) Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association; Chassis Technician and ASE Certification. Brian enjoys fishing, swimming and spending time at the beach. He is also an avid dog lover.

Dilion Hudson

Apprentice Technician

Dilion is Advanced Transmission’s Apprentice Technician. The owners Marvin and Laura Wilson believe he is one of the fastest and more knowledgeable apprentices to come to work for Advanced Transmission. Dilion has loved working on vehicles since he was just a toddler with his dad – mainly “holding the flashlight”. Dilion graduated from Bay Minette High School and attended North Baldwin Center for Technology in Automotive at the top of his class. Dilion came to Advanced Transmission upon high recommendation from his instructor at North Baldwin. Dilion took all 9 of the ASE tests offered and passed them all. He started working a summer job at 16 years old rebuilding marine diesel engines and after school each day worked at a facility doing engine swaps. Dilion remembers passing by Advanced Transmission as a child and always wanted to work here one day. Even though he has helped his dad work on a lot of different aspects of a vehicle, they never worked on rebuilding transmissions and Dilion wanted to learn something new. In his spare time, Dilion loves hunting, fishing and anything to do with the outdoors.